The Rentals Announce New Album, Share Lead Single

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.06.14 in News

The Rentals have revealed the details behind their first album in 15 years. Due out August 26 through Polyvinyl, Lost in Alphaville was written and produced by frontman/Weezer bassist Matt Sharp, with a ragtag band rounded out by members of The Black Keys (drummer Patrick Carney), Lucius (singers Jessica Wolfe and Holly Laessig), the Section Quartet (string player Lauren Chipman) and Ozma (guitarist Ryen Slegr). As tight as the final tracks are, they were actually recorded in three cities (New York, Los Angeles and Nashville), with Sharp reshaping improvisational parts from each guest player and piling them onto his very own wall of sound.

“If you can’t whip yourself up into a state of full-blown rapture while you’re creating, I don’t really see the point of making music,” Sharp said in a press release (via Pitchfork). “When I was working with Jess and Holly, for instance, I was fairly grounded in reality, but once I took their tracks back to my house I would loosen the reins to my sanity, crank the monitors so loud that all the instruments and voices would blissfully saturate together to a point where all of my delusional thoughts would just roller-skate off to Xanadu.”

Listen to “Thought of Sound” below; true to the group’s power-pop origins, it’s already burrowed its way into our brains…

The Rentals, Lost in Alphaville (Polyvinyl, August 26)
1. It’s Time To Come Home
2. Traces Of Our Tears
3. Stardust
4. 1000 Seasons
5. Damaris
6. Irrational Things
7. Thought of Sound
8. Song Of Remembering
9. Seven Years
10. The Future